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Dec 1, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Iowa Stage Theatre Company brings a holiday classic to vibrant life with a marvelous adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol  from Dec 9-18. While remaining true to the core story of Scrooge's transformational journey, this beautifully produce version adds wonderful elements that will breathe fresh energy into this wonderful live performance masterpiece. Artistic Director and the show's Director, Matt McIver, provides excellent insights into this show.
Topics: Iowa Stage Theatre Company, A Christmas Carol, live theatre, beautiful adaptation
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A trio of clay artists with experienced backgrounds in the chemistry and all the other STEM needed for successful ceramics, Matt Levy, Takuro Shibata, and Hitomi Shibata have crafted a singularly spectacular book, Wild Clay: Creating Ceramics and Glazes from Natural and Found Resources . This beautifully illustrated resource will appeal to patrons of this artform, as well as novice and experienced artisans in this artistic discipline.
Topics: Ceramics, wild clay, Matt Levy, Takuro Shibata, Hitomi Shibata, ceramics techniques, innovations
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Nov 30, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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For a page-turner that crackles with suspense and appeal, The Den , by Cara Reinard is a winner. Listen as Cara shares glimpses into her creative process and the irresistible story she spins in her latest book.
Topics: Cara Reinard, suspense, novel
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Nov 30, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Julie Carrick Dalton brings her latest novel, The Last Beekeeper , to eagerly awaiting audiences, and this story will not disappoint. Julie shares details about the evolution of this captivating story.
Topics: Julie Carrick Dalton, Bees, Beekeeping, novel, suspense
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Nov 30, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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This stunning and powerfully relevant book tells the history of Antarctica through 100 varied and fascinating objects drawn from collections around the world. Authors/scientists Jean de Pomereu and Daniella McCahey share enticing glimpses into a book that captivates its readers for hours.
Topics: Antarctica, Jean de Pomereu, Daniella McCahey, coffee table book, fascinating stories
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The delightful musical  She Loves Me  runs Dec 2-11 at Ankeny Community Theatre. Listen as leads Courtney Kayser (as "Amalia Balash") share glimpses into this engaging story, with all of its music from Bock and Harnick, the creators of Fiddler on the Roof .
Topics: She Loves Me, musical, Ankeny Community Theatre, relationships
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Leads Faith Brooks (as "Ella") and Dakota Eiselstein (as "Prince Topher") lead a lively discussion about the Des Moines Community Playhouse production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella , running Dec 2-18, 2022.
Topics: De Moines Playhouse, Cinderella, Rodgers and Hammerstein, musical, family show
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Nov 22, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Red Chaos  is the third novel in the acclaimed Red Hotel series by thriller masters Ed Fuller and Gary Grossman, who America’s political and intelligence insiders have noted, “might as well sit on the National Security Council.”
Topics: Gary Grossman, Ed Fuller, Red Chaos, Red Hotel Series, political thriller, suspense
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Nov 22, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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In his book, Choosing Gratitude: Learning to Love the Life You Have , renowned author James A. Autry reminds us that gratitude is a choice, a spiritual—not social—process. Made evident as behavior, gratitude is not the behavior itself. 
Topics: James Autry, gratitude, self-help, life learning
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Nov 16, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Writer, producer, filmmaker Sonya Jackson presents an award-winning documentary detailing the rise and impact of Harold Washington becoming Chicago's first African American mayor. Revealing, filled with a bounty of historic film footage, and masterfully written, this film tells a chapter in history that must be understood to fully understand all of America's history as through the revealing lens of what happened in Chicago.
Topics: Sonya Jackson, Punch 9, Harold Washington, Chicago, history, documentary
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Nov 16, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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The Mitford Affair  is a brilliant and very engaging story of six sisters during the pre-WW II into the war era. Based on a sextet of female siblings, bestselling author Marie Benedict spins a tale that will captivate her readers in an immersive experience.
Topics: Marie Benedict, historical novel, WW II era, sisters, fascism, rivalry
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Nov 16, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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This praiseworthy debut novel is receiving critical acclaim, as Buck's Pantry  by Khristin Wierman makes positive ripples in the literary waters. Listen as Khristin shares glimpses into this story, and the formation of its pivotal, memorable characters.
Topics: Khristin Wierman, novel, debut, relationships, two women, conflicting morals, Texas
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Nov 16, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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General Manager Travis Stevenson shares enticing information about one of the Midwest's most memorable destination experiences: the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. A multitude of working engines (steam and diesel), passenger cars, and even 2-4 person rail cars for the ultimate in rail/outdoor experiences are available. Add a wonderful list of seasonal events and activities, and anyone would want to take a ride on the rails. 
Topics: Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone IA, railroad, trains, history, train rides
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CAP Theatre (Class Act Productions) of Altoona livens the stage with another family musical, this time Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella . Featuring only students from ages 7-17, this is family theatre at its best. Katie Murphy (Director) and Addyson Marvin (in the title role of Cinderella) lead a lively discussion about this show.
Topics: CAP Theatre, Altoona IA, children's theatre, Cinderella, musical
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Nov 9, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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The National Tour of Come From Away  stops at Des Moines Performing Arts' Civic Center performing hall Nov 22-27, 2022. This critically acclaimed show leaves audiences uplifted and inspired, and should not be missed. Ottumwa IA native Harter Clingman (Oz and other characters) shares thoughts about being part of this special production family these past 4 years.
Topics: Come From Away, national tour, Des Moines Performing Arts, Civic Center, musical, inspiration, 9/11
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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In her captivating latest literary offering, Lisa Sherman spins a riveting tale anchored by the idea of how can you know who you really are if you can't remember your past? Forget Me  will draw readers in from its first pages, carrying them to an unforgettable ending.
Topics: Lisa Sherman, Forget Me, novel, memory loss, mystery
Dr. Melissa Goldberg-Mintz has developed an essential resource for anyone concerned with how trauma has impacted children.  Has Your Child Been Traumatized: How to Know and What to Do to Promote Healing and Recovery  is her distillation of years of experience, training, research coupled with a gift for capturing this information in concise, clear and helpful ways. 
Topics: Melissa Goldberg-Mintz, trauma, childhood trauma, promoting healing, recovery
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Micaela Preskill is a member of the E2 team, which anchors its advocacy work as "good for the economy; good for the environment" as they show the benefits of embracing renewable and sustainable practices for our environment. 
Topics: Environment, Iowa, Economic benefits, environmental benefits
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Breathing life into her family's historical journals from her great-great-grandmother, Sue E. Burns intertwines those memorable writings with the history of the times and region to make a captivating read in A Common Life: A Voice from the Progressive Era . 
Topics: Sue E. Burns, family history, 1880s, Iowa, Progressive Era, Dallas County IA
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Mystery in Windswept Farm  is the beginning of an immersive series set in the coastal region of Maryland. Wendy Sand Eckel takes us into a world filled with intrigue, mystery and great storytelling, with the subtle and diverse landscape of this special region serving as a key character.
Topics: Wendy Sand Eckel, Maryland, mystery, coastal region
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Harper Lee Prize winner and  New York Times  bestselling author James Grippando returns with a bold new thriller that asks at what price do we open our lives to Big Data. Code 6  quickly draws readers into a fast-paced tale whose chilling ripples will continue well past the final page.
Topics: James Grippando, Code 6, stand alone novel, big tech, Chinese threat
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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The story that was written a long time ago now gets expanded beyond those boundaries as Libby Sternberg draws us deeper into the intriguing Daisy from the Gatsby tale. Daisy  is captivating, irresistible storytelling at its best.
Topics: Libby Sternberg, Daisy, Gatsby, 1920s, fiction
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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With irresistibility in her storytelling, Deborah Driggs shares a family's history in Son of a Basque . and is based on Mark Arietta's own experiences as the proud son of immigrant parents, a distinguished soldier, a loving husband and father, and  a loyal friend.
Topics: memoir, immigrant, Deborah Driggs, Mark Arrieta, Basque
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Set in the turbulence and sensationalism of the 1960s, Susen Edwards takes readers on a captivating journey in What a Trip . 
Topics: Susen Edwards, 1960s, counter culture, novel
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Publisher and writer for Iowa History Journal Michael Swanger provides glimpses into the new issue, including the extraordinary number of people with Iowa connections associated with the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral.
Topics: Iowa History Journal, Michael Swanger, Iowa, OK Corral
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Timothy Rose is the producer of Central Iowa's most comprehensive calendar for theatre and auditions through his Gentle Guide to Des Moines Theatre. The Culture Buzz now resumes regular conversations with this maestro of theatrical calendars now that we are past pandemic closures.
Topics: Timothy Rose, Central Iowa, Des Moines, theatre, calendar, guide
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Nov 8, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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This November, Beaverdale Books will hold a best of all things Book Drive - buying books will also support the giving of books to young readers who are just beginning their love-of-books journey. Jan Kaiser, Marketing & Events Manager for Beaverdale Books, shares some details.
Topics: Beaverdale Books, book drive, books for children, charity drive, Des Moines
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Nov 3, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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A cornerstone for this year's return of Art on the Prairie will be Poetry on the Prairie, featuring days filled with a who's who's of Iowa poets in a bevy of venues. All free and open to the public, this poetic infusion is sponsored by the Iowa Poetry Association. Listen as three pivotal people share details: Dawn Sly-Terpstra (Iowa Poetry Association), Kelsey Bigelow (slam poet), Jan Kaiser (Beaverdale Books Marketing Director).
Topics: Poetry on the Prairie, Art on the Prairie, poetry, Perry IA
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Nov 3, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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"Music under the Dome" is launched with very special Celtic-infused music during the First Church of Des Moines 10:30 AM service on Sun Nov 13. A celebration of music filled with musicians of national stature - such as Tim Britten - this promises to be a culturally and spiritually fulfilling experience.
Topics: First Church Des Moines, Celtic music, Tim Britten, music under the dome
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Nov 3, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Art on the Prairie returns to all of its pre-pandemic glory in downtown Perry IA, and Lynsi Pasutti, one of the driving forces in producing this exceptional cultural immersion, shares some details about this year's free and open to the public invitation to explore.
Topics: Art on the Prairie, Perry IA, art, festival, culture, poetry
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Tallgrass Theatre Company gets Iowa into a very special holiday mood with  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley . Imagine how the witty and vibrant Bennet sisters' world might be like two years after  Pride and Prejudice.  Get some behind-the-scenes skinny as Director Megan Helmers and Jacelyn Smith (who plays "Miss Bennet") lead a lively conversation about this delightful adaptation of memorable literary characters as seen through a seasonal lens. Opens Nov 4 and runs through Nov...
Topics: Tallgrass Theatre Company, West Des Moines, theatre, Pride and Prejudice, comedy
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Oct 25, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Chosen as the 2022 Iowa Reads selection, Rachel Mans McKenny's debut novel, The Butterfly Effect , is a riveting, character-driven gem. Listen as Rachel shares some insights into the creation of her story, sure to captivate readers.
Topics: Rachel Mans McKenny, butterfly effect, debut, novel, Iowa Reads selection
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Oct 25, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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In Joe Meno's powerful Book of Extraordinary Tragedies , his core characters Aleksandar and Isobel are siblings and former classical music prodigies once destined for greatness. Joe shares glimpses into this captivating story as those initial paths become tangled and twisted in ways never expected. this entertaining novel asks, Is it ever truly possible to separate our fates from those we've come to love?
Topics: Joe Meno, tragedies, siblings, novel, love
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Tallgrass Theatre Company helps get everyone into the holiday spirit with this special show, Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley. Get your 'Pride and Prejudice' on as beloved characters from that classic come to vibrant life in this delightful twist - and, you don't have to be a Jane Austen fan or expert to enjoy every moment of this show. Megan Helmers directs a dynamic cast, including Jocelyn Smith (as Miss Bennett), who both lead a lively discussion about the show.
Topics: Tallgrass Theatre Company, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, comedy: Christmas
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Oct 25, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Unity Center of Des Moines presents the Spirit Seekers Fair on Sat Nov 5, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This free, family-friendly event offers attendees the opportunity to explore a variety of presenters and vendors from the healing arts, intuitive readers, one-of-a-kind merchandise and much more. Two presenters, Heather Brown and Diana Ringo, share enticing insights into this event.
Topics: spirit seekers fair, spirituality, healing arts, intuitive, holistic
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Oct 25, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Laurie Lowenstein's Funeral Train  returns us to a gritty time in Oklahoma history as her novel provides a page-turning gem as a murder adds to the trauma of a train wreck and the 1930s Dust Bowl 
Topics: Laurie Lowenstein, murder mystery, Oklahoma, Dust Bowl, train wreck
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Oct 19, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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One of Broadway's all-time greatest musicals, Fiddler on the Roof , stops in Des Moines IA Oct 25-30, bringing the fresh new look and choreography infused into the timeless tale of Tevye, his family, and his people. Andrew Hendrick (who portrays "Lazar Wolf") leads a lively conversation about why this show must be seen as often as possible - and, especially in this National Tour version.
Topics: Fiddler on the Roof, Des Moines Performing Arts, Andrew Hendrick, Broadway musical, national tour
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Oct 19, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Following her latest powerhouse, Butter Side Up. Jane Enright returns to joyously share news about her new book, Jane's Jam: Inspiration to Create Your Super Awesome Life . Draw from her enthusiasm and insights, and add this gem to your personal library. 
Topics: Jane Enright, inspiration, motivational, spiritual, memoir
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Oct 19, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Key members of the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble Richard Thimmesch and Christian Charichner enthusiastically share why the Oct 30 concert, "Ghouls, Goblins, and Ghosts" concert will be a family sensation - even leaving plenty of time to savor this afternoon concert and still trick or treat. 
Topics: Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, concert, spooky themes, ghouls, ghosts, goblins, Des Moines IA
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Barry Levy MD delivers a book and message that is so profound, so globally impactful, that The Culture Buzz had to invite him back on the show to share more insights into his monumental book, From Horror to Hope: Recognizing and Preventing the Health Impacts of War.  Join this important conversation.
Topics: Barry Levy, Horror to Hope, war, health impacts of war, global trends of war and health
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Topher Brophy is a New York-based Dog Dad artist who has gained international attention due to the socially conscious and wildly imaginative photos of him and his son, Rosenberg The Dog, in elaborate matching outfits. It was the entrance into Topher's life with Rosenberg that his outlook shifted, and a much more positive direction began. Listen as Topher shares glimpses into this captivating book. 
Topics: Topher Brophy, Rosenberg the Dog, dog, animal rescue, humane
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Oct 19, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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In her newest novel, Do You Take this Man , Denise Williams takes her readers on a romantic romp filled with plenty of attitude, heat and a rich story. Listen as Denise shares glimpses into this novel's characters and her motivations for creating such irresistible "fireside books."
Topics: Denise Williams, romance, novel, sassy
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Kate Goldman Children's Theatre at the Des Moines Community Playhouse is part of the nationally recognized programming at this facility, and prepares to open its next literature-based show, Harriet the Spy . Listen as Vivian Coleman in the title role and Becky Scholtec as Ole Golly lead an animated discussion about this show and what a great live performance experience it will be.
Topics: Kate Goldman Children's Theatre, Des Moines Playhouse, Harriet the Spy, Becky Scholtec, children's...
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Former US Senator Phil Gramm, with co-authors John Early (eminent economist) and Robert Eklund (former senior leader at the Bureau of Labor Statistics) present their provocative assertion challenging the prevailing consensus that income inequality is a growing threat to American society. 
Topics: Phil Gramm, John Early, Robert Eklund, income inequality, challenging modern consensus
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Oct 17, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Lost Souls of Leningrad  will capture its readers' hearts and souls as talented Suzanne Parry delivers a historically-based story that will enthrall, horrify and totally captivate. Suzanne shares glimpses into the creation of this gem, sharing wonderful overviews of its key characters, a grandmother and her granddaughter, as well as a memorable cast of others. 
Topics: Suzanne Parry, Leningrand, historical novel, grandmother and granddaughter, war, World War II
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Oct 17, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Susan Shapiro Barash returns to the show with another stimulating book, this one the culmination of years of meticulous research into an often socially taboo element of our world. A Passion for More: Affairs that Make or Break Us  is Susan's masterpiece on this subject, and sure to be an eye-opener for everyone.
Topics: Susan Shapiro Barash, Affairs, unfaithfulness, promiscuity, sex study
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Oct 17, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Carousel Theatre of Indianola will present the irresistible show Steel Magnolias beginning Oct 21-30. Listen as director Erika Eckley shares some insider tidbits to tantalize about this exceptional show sharing a microcosm of interpersonal relationships with which we all can identify.
Topics: Carousel Theatre, Indianola, Steel Magnolias, Play
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Oct 13, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Call Me When You're Dead  is a darkly comic novel about payback gone wild, gone sour, maybe even sweet. “If anything bad happens to me, I want you to get him.” That's what Eleanor Birch’s glamorous friend Sasha Cole requests of her during a New York City dinner one hot August night. The incomparable A.R. Taylor spins another irresistible tale, and gives us some tantalizing insights into this gem.
Topics: A.R. Taylor, comic novel, dark humor, New York City
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Ann Holtgren Pellegreno began her path for an historical global feat more than 60 years ago, capturing her journey in becoming a pilot in her wonderful accounting, The Sky and I. Listen as Ann shares stories and glimpses into these first steps that led her to connect historic paths with Amelia Erhardt. 
Topics: Ann Holtgren Pellegreno, pilot, airplane, learning how to fly, memoir
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Oct 9, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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In The Plea of Innocence: Restoring Truth to the American Justice System , Tim Bakken articulately and eloquently presents compelling reasons to correct a system that remains anchored in archaic and prejudiced methods, leaving an estimated 4% of convicted prisoners who are innocent in incarceration. Tim shares some insight in this conversation, inviting everyone to rightfully get this book and become better informed on this issue.
Topics: Tim Bakken, Justice System, incarceration, wrongful convictions, judicial change
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Oct 9, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Sandy Moffett delivers a rollicking fun read with Sandy's special Midwestern triggers liberally infusing this darkly enjoyable novel. In  The Ghost of Craven Snuggs, Sandy delightfully carries its readers on an immersive romp through murder, mayhem and a bounty of irresistible characters. 
Topics: Sandy Moffett, Ice Cube Press, novel, ghost, Midwestern, dark huor
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Oct 9, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Thanks to the imagination, talents and expertise of Linda Moore, Attribution  is a captivating suspenseful tale of a modern heroine who brings a hidden seventeenth century masterpiece to life by upending art history in a desperate journey to save her future and rescue her family from grief. Listen as Linda shares glimpses into the creation of this literary masterpiece.
Topics: Linda Moore, suspense thriller, art history, masterpiece, visual arts
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Oct 9, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Don McLeese delivers a personal, compelling memoir about his journey in Slippery Steps: Rolling and Tumbling Towards Sobriety . Gaining a great deal of empathy through Don's telling, anyone will gain much from reading this book.
Topics: Don McLeese: Ice Cube Press, memoir, sobriety, alcoholism
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Oct 9, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Diane Cohen Schneider delivers an irresistible tale in Andrea Hoffman Goes All In . Andrea Hoffman is an overeducated, underemployed, and unmotivated recent college graduate—until a harrowing robbery blasts her out of her funk and into a job in the finance world of early-1980s Chicago. Listen as Diane shares glimpses into the creation of this gem.
Topics: Diane Cohen Schneider, 1980s, Chicago, novel
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Oct 9, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Abena Sankofa Imhotep shares insights about the creation of her excellent children's book, Omari's Big Tree and the Mighty Djembe . This story shares themes of friendship, legacy and heritage. 
Topics: Abena Sankofa Imhotep, children's book, djembe, African American
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Oct 7, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Darcy Maulsby is one of Iowa's premier writers on Iowa's rural life and history. Her latest offering, The Lincoln Highway in Iowa , as a gem of a read. Filled with archival photographs and images, her gift for writing a narrative that fills the pages with enticing content will enthrall all readers. She even tosses in some recipes. This is a great book for anyone with a connection to the Lincoln Highway - or, simply, a love of well-crafted history.
Topics: Darcy Maulsby, Iowa History, Lincoln Highway, Hwy 30
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Oct 7, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch’s life-long fascination with classical music has taken her through Juilliard and into the shiny world of symphony halls and international concert tours.  In  Declassified: A Low-Key Guide to the High-Strung World of Classical Music,  Warsaw-Fan Rauch blows through the cobwebs of elitism and exclusion and invites everyone to love  and  hate this music as much as she does. 
Topics: Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch, classical music, guide, understanding classical music
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Oct 7, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Abena Sankofa Imhotep's delightful and engaging children's book, Omari's Big Tree and the Mighty Djembe  is a beautifully illustrated, captivating story about friendship, legacy and even a little bit of magic.
Topics: Abena Sankofa Imhotep, children's book, Djembe, friendship, magic
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Oct 7, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Hari Kondabolu makes a stop in Des Moines IA's TeeHee's Comedy Club on Oct 9 for an unforgettable evening of hilarity. This is a don't miss show - listen as Hari delivers some delicious back story stuff in this amazing interview. 
Topics: Hari Kondabolu, TeeHee's Comedy Club, Des Moines IA, live show, standup comedy
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Oct 7, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Interview with the incomparable and fantastic songstress, Cheryl Bentyne, before The Manhattan Transfer perform in the Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre hall on Oct 13. She is insightful, delightful and will be part of a "must-experience" show.
Topics: The Manhattan Transfer, Cheryl Bentyne, Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre, Des Moines
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The Potentialist: Your Future in the New Reality for the Next Thirty Years  is Ben Lytle's explosively revelatory approach for anyone seeking a better understanding of what the next three decades could bring, and how best to prepare for what promises to be an incredible period of global change. Ben shares tantalizing thought and information into his brilliant Life Resource book 
Topics: Ben Lytle, Potentialist, future, new reality, change, projecting
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Sep 29, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Award-winning author Adib Khorram releases his newest YA novel, Kiss and Tell , a smart, sexy story about a boy band star, his first breakup, his first rebound, and what it means to be queer in the public eye. Adib shares insights into is writing and character development, and why is YA novels are so important.
Topics: Adib Khorram, YA novel, boy band, young adult relationships, queer
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Sep 29, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Conjuring a character of epic appeal with his Garrett Kohl, imaginative action writer Taylor Moore delivers again as Kohl returns in his second adventure, anchored in family and doing the right thing - Firestorm . Taylor, an ex-CIA operative in real life, provides some back story in the creation of Garrett Kohl. This series will be a very popular bestselling one. 
Topics: Taylor Moore, Firestorm, CIA, action, thriller, Garrett Kohl
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Sep 29, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Victor Acquista channels his vivid imagery and storytelling through his pen and onto the page in Revelation , the second in this captivating Saga of Venom and Flame trilogy. Victor shares glimpses into the characters and world he creates, giving readers a very satisfying dive into good versus evil.
Topics: Victor Acquista, supernatural, fantasy, trilogy
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Sep 29, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Capturing a memoir unlike any readers have probably read, Rebecca Stirling shares her unique life in The Shell and the Octopus . With this sharing of a life filled with so many experiences, readers will find inspiration and kindred understandings that will draw them into Rebecca's story.
Topics: Rebecca Stirling, memoir, sailing, global, adventures
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With a Des Moines IA stop in their national tour, the legacy puppet theatre troupe, Bread & Puppet, bring their special brand of engaging performing arts to audiences on Wed Oct 5 at the Lauridsen Amphitheater in Des Moines' Waterworks Park. Listen as two creatives, Rachel Buse and Ryan Francois, who spearheaded getting this dynamic group to add a Des Moines stop talk about the show and the awaiting experience.
Topics: Outdoor performance, Lauridsen Amphitheater, Des Moines, Bread & Puppet Theatre
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Sep 29, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Ankeny Community Theatre opens Borrowed Beats , a thought-provoking show that makes its world premiere beginning Fri Sep 30. Cast members Thom Sinn (as "George") and Josh Sampson (as "Jeff") provide insights into their characters and the captivating storyline.
Topics: Ankeny Community Theatre, live theatre, community theatre, world premiere, heart transplant
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In his informative and engaging book, Brown and Gay in LA: The Lives of Immigrant Sons , Anthony Christian Ocampo PhD delivers an insightful tour de force that provides anyone wise enough to read it detailed understanding through the stories of second-generation immigrant gay men coming of age in Los Angeles. The beauty of Ocampo's writing is that its relevance reaches far beyond LA.
Topics: Anthony Christian Ocampo, gay, immigrants, Los Angeles, empathy
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Sep 15, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Diane Ratican brings two cultures creatively together in her captivating coffee table excursion Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?  This immersive delight brings two global metropolitans into comparative glory through excellent insights, writing and brilliant graphic artistry.
Topics: Diane Ratican, Los Angeles, LA, Paris, coffee table book
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Sep 15, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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In Talia Carner's bold novel, The Third Daughter , she deftly blends history into sex trafficking in the late 1800s, showing the timeless tragedies such abhorrent activities create. 
Topics: Talia Carner, sex trafficking, Russian immigrants
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Sep 14, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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One of today's most appealing writers and creatives is Brad Meltzer, and his latest adventure with two unforgettable and totally engaging characters: Zig and Nola. In The Lightning Rod , Brad draws readers into a page-popping thriller that begs continued reading until the last, satisfying page is turned. Listen as Brad shares glimpses into this story and its creation.
Topics: Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestseller, thriller, Zig and Nola
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Kelsey Kleinow is the Program Coordinator for Momentum Art, a successful community initiative that uses the arts to enhance lives. With an upcoming exhibition on Oct 7, Kelsey talks about their organization and this show, "Works of Growth and Recovery." 
Topics: Visual arts, Momentum Art, Team CSA, Des Moines Iowa, exhibition
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Sep 14, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Ellen Pall has delivered a captivating, immersive novel with her new Must Read Well . Praised for its uniqueness, Ellen's novel enthralls. She takes some time to talk about its creation and some back story insighs. 
Topics: Ellen Pall, novel, mystery, thriller, two women, relationships
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Sep 14, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Iowa Stage presents Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat , opening Fri Sep 16 in Des Moines, Iowa. Artistic Director Matt McIver, also director of this show, provides some insight into this powerful drama. 
Topics: Iowa Stage Theatre Company, Sweat, Lynn Nottage, Matt McIver, theatre
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Sep 14, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Ballet Des Moines Artistic Director Tom Mattingly shares insights into his latest work, Salem , to premiere in October in Des Moines, Iowa. Dynamically speaking through the language of dance, Tom's new work promises to be another immersive, unforgettable experience.
Topics: Ballet Des Moines, Tom Mattingly, Salem, ballet, dance
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Sep 14, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Denise Williams will be the featured author at the Author Afterparty on Fri Sep 16 in Des Moines Historic East Village at Storyhouse Bookpub. Her new book, Do You Take This Man , will be the topic, and author Rachel Mans McKenny ( The Butterfly Effect ) will facilitate what promises to be a lively, fun evening.
Topics: Denise Williams, romcom novel, Des Moines, Storyhouse Bookpub, Rachel Mans McKenny
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With From Horror to Hope: Recognizing and Preventing the Health Impacts of War ,   Barry S. Levy MD  profiles inspiring health professionals who are providing healthcare for war-affected populations and participating in education research, and advocacy to reduce the health impacts of war. Finally, the book demonstrates how traditional public health frameworks and new paradigms can be applied to the prevention of war and the promotion of peace. 
Topics: Barry Levy, healthcare, war, horror to hope, health impacts of war
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Sep 6, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery  is a masterful memoir from Linda Murphy Marshall. Linda shares glimpses and some back story in this interview about her return to her Midwestern childhood home following the deaths of her parents - and, the flood of memories processing that dwelling's contents created.
Topics: Linda Murphy Marshall, memoir, uncovering the past
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Sep 6, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Tallgrass Theatre Company demonstrates its penchant for producing the best in smaller cast shows with lots of heart, depth and substance. The Sweet Delilah Swim Club  is the current offering, and director Moira Nash shares her thoughts about this excellent show.
Topics: Tallgrass Theatre Company, West Des Moines, play, relationships, women friendships
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Sep 6, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Iowa Stage Theatre Company presents a show that had been derailed from opening not once, but twice - Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway show, Sweat . Listen as Matt McIver, artistic director and this production's director, provides some glimpses into this show and Iowa Stage.
Topics: Iowa Stage Theatre Company, Lynn Nottage, Sweat, Pulitzer Prize winner, live theatre, Des Moines,...
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Guys & Dolls  comes to full, vibrant, musical life at the Des Moines Community Playhouse beginning Fri Sep 16. Don't miss the musical theatre magic of Damon Runyon's urban fable as one of America's premier community theatres presents this timeless, unforgettable classic.
Topics: Guys & Dolls, Des Moines Playhouse, musical theatre, Des Moines
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The esteemed Indianapolis Quartet will anchor a very special evening at Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre in An Evening with The Indianapolis Quartet: In Honor of Holocaust Survivor David Wolnerman . This dynamic evening of celebration and love promises to be one of unforgettable impact. 
Topics: Holocaust, David Wolnerman, Hoyt Sherman Place Theatre, Indianapolis Quartet
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Sep 6, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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The Sep-Oct 2022 issue of Iowa History Journal  features a story that reaches well beyond its core of gridiron legends Jack Trice and Duke Slater. Don Doxsie delivers a masterful glimpse into this cover story.
Topics: Iowa History Journal, Don Doxsie, Duke Slater, Jack Trice, football, history, Iowa
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Aug 25, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Gifted and versatile poet and writer Dennis Maulsby delivers another captivating poetry collection in Heart Songs . This collection presents a variety of poetic voices and perspectives, and is sure to enthrall the reader
Topics: Dennis Maulsby, poetry, collection, Iowa
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Aug 25, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Renee Linnell has led a life that far exceeds what most people experience, and through it all she has captured more valuable life lessons in her memoir sequel, Still on Fire . Listen as Renee shares glimpses into this book that will resonate with its readers.
Topics: Renee Linnell, memoir, adventure, overcoming adversity
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Bringing a fascinating look from inside a fascinating business, Jeffrey Breslow brings his A-game to his memoir, A Gamemaker's Life: A Hall of Fame Game Inventor Tells the Inside Story of the Toy Industry." In this chat, Jeffrey gives some tantalizing glimpses into a captivating story.
Topics: Jeffrey Breslow, games, toy industry, inventor, creativity
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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With sixteen bestselling novels under her belt, Kate White continues to infuse each with its own special energy, richness and irresistibility. The Second Husband   is the newest in Kate's pantheon great novels, and she shares wonderful glimpses into how this story developed.
Topics: Kate White, novels, relationships
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Riverman: An American Odyssey is a brilliant real life story about a unique individual as told by someone who went to great lengths to get to know him, Ben McGrath. Listen as Ben shares glimpses into a story that is stranger and more unbelievable than fiction.
Topics: Ben McGrath, riverman, American Odyssey, river life, biography
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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The Secret That's Holding You Back  is Vincent Genna's excellent resource packs almost four decades of study, research, and experience in the field of metaphysics, the paranormal, and psychology into a book where Genna discovered unique division of the unconscious mind never before identified that the human brain developed through the processes of survival and protection to harbor most of our belief system.
Topics: Vincent Genna, metaphysics, paranormal, psychology, human brain
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Part history, part supernatural, fully engaging, Abigail Cutter weaves a brilliant story in Long Shadows , a story anchored in the Civil War, but reaching far into the future. Irresistible, and Abigail provides some delicious back story details. 
Topics: Abigail Cutter, Civil War, supernatural, thriller
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InCredible Communication: Uncover the Invaluable Art of Selling Yourself   is a must-have for anyone's personal life resource library. Authors Steven Lewis and Dr. Rebecca Weintraub fill this guide with exceptional information for career, community and life. 
Topics: Steven Lewis, Rebecca Weintraub, Communication, Selling yourself, self help, self improvement,...
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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With its beckoning title, Finding Grace  is a powerful, compelling second offering after her critically acclaimed debut, A Better Next . Maren Cooper delivers a story that quickly draws readers into a vivid plot, with complex, rich characters. 
Topics: Maren Cooper, novel, marital conflict, richly developed characters
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Victoria Herring is one of the artist/owners behind that exceptional destination gallery, Artisan Gallery 218, in Historic Valley Junction. Victoria provides a glimpse into the variety of artwork, programming and exhibitions continually rotating in this diverse oasis of artwork.
Topics: Artisan Gallery, Valley Junction, artwork, Victoria Herring, cultural programming
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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In We Lie Here, Rachel Howzell Hall crafts another brilliant thriller about a woman's trip back to her hometown, which then reveals heart-sinking secrets in an edge-of-your-seat twisty novel of murder and family deceit. Rachel shares glimpses into the creation of this novel and more in this captivating interview. 
Topics: Rachel Howell Hall, thriller, murder, family deceit
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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At the Gates of Rome: The Fall of the Eternal City, AD 410   is deeply researched and masterfully written by Don Hollway. He capture the dramatic retelling of the story of the final years of the Western Roman Empire and the downfall of Rome itself from the perspective of the Roman general Stilicho and Alaric, king of the Goths.
Topics: Don Hollway, Rome, Roman Empire, Fall of the Roman Empire, Stilicho, Alaric
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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With a rich and delicious flavor of Sherlock Holmes tales, Rick Bleiweiss delivers an irresistible tale with Pignon Scorbion and the Barbershop Detectives . 
Topics: Rick Bleiweiss, mystery, vintage mystery, Sherlock Holmes like
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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In Nobody's Pilgrim,  Sergio Troncoso introduces readers to the world he grew up in, giving them deeper understanding and insights into an environment many of us never knew, but should be aware of.
Topics: Sergio Troncosco, Los Angeles, social inequity
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In Paula Hines' Rest + Calm: Gentle Yoga and Mindful Practices to Nurture and Restore Yourself , she delivers a great life resource that encourages new advocates to the benefits of yoga, as well as inspiring techniques for experience practitioners. 
Topics: Paula Hines, yoga, gentle yoga, rest, calm, restore
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Aug 24, 2022 John Busbee, The Culture Buzz Host/Producer
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Dragons in My Classroom: A Teacher's Memoir  is Barbara Kennard's insightful capturing of her personal and professional journey. This book is filled with universally identifiable tellings of her challenges, successes and experiences. 
Topics: Barbara Kennard, teachers, classroom, memoir, life
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Aug 23, 2022 John Busbee, Host/Producer for The Culture Buzz
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Dennis Maulsby is a dedicated writer, poet and more. In Winterset , he creates a world of imaginative storytelling as his protagonist, Father Donahey, now assigned to Winterset, discovers that beneath the quiet perceived tranquility of this small Iowa town lies many supernatural secrets. 
Topics: Winterset, Iowa, supernatural, thriller, Dennis Maulsby